The humidity and indoor temperature in your home is greatly influenced by the weather outside. Humidity levels vary naturally with the changing seasons. Indoor humidity in your room should be between 30-50% to have a comfortable environment. When the humidity level reaches or exceeds the 60 figure, it starts getting hot and uncomfortable.
Too much moisture in the air not only makes you feel uncomfortable but also affects your health. It can cause allergy flare-ups, respiratory problems, and sleep interruptions. It also causes structural damage, mold growth and condensation in walls. If you want to gauge moisture levels in your house, use a hygrometer.
Here is what you can do to relieve the discomfort and enjoy your summer:
Ensure proper ventilation
The purpose of ventilation is to control the thermal environment and humidity and remove dilute pollutants. The ventilation system in your house or office should be sufficient to remove pollutants and keep the air circulating. Places like bathrooms, basements and closets lack proper ventilation. These places are prone to humidity build-up and mold. Therefore, it’s important to ensure proper ventilation.
Use air conditioning
Using air conditioning systems can help you reduce humidity and maintain a comfortable environment. Air conditioners produce cooler air while removing humid, warm air. If your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling in the summer, make sure to change its filters or hire a professional HVAC expert to have it tuned up and ready for the summer.
Reduce wet objects
Household activities such as cooking, washing and drying clothes inside the house cause humidity indoors. Water leakage, retained construction moisture, and plumbing leaks also amplify the humidity level in your house. Simple and easy activities such as using exhaust fans in the bathroom, range hood in the kitchen, venting a dryer to the outside and installing externally vented gas heaters can help you reduce the moisture level in indoor air.
While indoor plants provide numerous benefits in terms of air quality and aesthetics, you should consider removing them as they create a water cycle that turns your living space into a greenhouse.
Use a dehumidifier
Turn on your fans and air conditioners to dehumidify the air and lower the perceived temperature. It’s always a good idea to use a dehumidifier in the basement or anywhere in your house. You can set the dehumidifier to a level that ensures healthy humidity level (30-50%) inside your house. Bathrooms, closets, and attics are some places where you can put dehumidifiers.
If the HVAC systems installed in your building are unable to reduce the summer heat and humidity level, call Nor-Can Heating & Air, a reputable HVAC company in Edmonton where we provide a complete range of HVAC services from small air conditioner repair to installing furnaces and ventilation systems.